Discover Financial Services Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Rising Now

Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 0.22%.

Discover Financial Services Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 20% to $1.2 in the quarter versus EPS of $1.00 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 6.75% to $2.04 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Discover Financial Services reported adjusted EPS income of $1.2 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $1.15. It beat the average revenue estimate of $2.01 billion.

Quoting Management: “Discover’s strong overall results were driven by profitable growth in Direct Banking and continued improvement in credit offset to a small degree by a loss in Payment Services as we supported Diners franchises in Europe,” said David Nelms, chairman and CEO of Discover.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 10.87% from $2.29 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 9.77% from $1.33 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $1.14 to a profit $1.17. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $4.7 to a profit of $4.82 over the last ninety days.

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